Maybe this explains Hollande’s inability to get anything right. While France burns, Hollande seems squarely focused on fixing his girl problems?
Photos showing Hollande with actress Julie Gayet on the terrace of the Elysee Palace, were published last month by Voici. French media reported that they were taken from within the presidential private apartments…and now the Hollande administration is trying to catch the paparazzi mole.
The Daily Mail UK reports…
The French presidency on Monday confirmed the five are being sent to different jobs, but didn’t give any more details.
The president and former partner Valerie Trierweiler broke up in January after another magazine published photos of what it said was a helmeted Hollande visiting Gayet in a Paris apartment.
The affair raised concerns about presidential security and the private lives of French leaders — which are more and more on public display in an era of Twitter and increasing demands for transparency in politics.
Ever since then, many French have wondered what’s going on with their leader’s personal life.
Hollande hasn’t appeared publicly with Gayet, but implicitly confirmed last month that he was the helmeted mystery man.
“I did use motorbikes in my life and so what? Yes it’s true… the rest is private life. If I may have made mistakes, I admit them,” he said on a prime-time television show.
Left-wing newspaper Liberation said that four of the five now-removed staff members had been hired when Sarkozy was president. That prompted speculation that a mole could give information about Hollande to Sarkozy, who doesn’t hide his ambition to run for the next presidential election in 2017.
Makes you kind of wonder, if Hollande brushes these photos off so easily, what kind of “embarrassing” stuff does the NSA have on Francois to make him fold so easily to Washington orders, even at the expense of France’s sovereignty.
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